Federal judge keeps ex-Menominee Tribal officer behind bars

GREEN BAY, Wis. - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a former Menominee Tribal Police officer must stay behind bars as he faces charges of sending sexually explicit messages to an underage girl.

Basil O'Kimosh is accused of repeatedly contacting a 15-year-old girl and trying to get her to engage in sexual acts.

O'Kimosh was fired from the Menominee Tribal Police force after his arrest.

According to a criminal complaint, O'Kimosh started communicating with the teenager in January 2017.

On November 1, he allegedly sent an inappropriate picture of himself to an undercover officer posing as the girl, court documents said.

O'Kimosh's lawyers argued Tuesday that he should be released based on his ties to the area and lack of criminal history, but prosecutors argued his actions should prevent him from being released.

The judge agreed with the prosecution, not allowing O'Kimosh's family to post a cash bond for his release. He's concerned O'Kimosh could be a danger to the community if let go while the case proceeds, he said in court.

O'Kimosh will be back in court on November 16.

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